It’s sounding more and more like the new Top Gear is off to a rough start.
Last week, reports surfaced that new host Chris Evans got car sick during a lap in an Audi R8 in California while professional driver and co-host Sabine Schmitz was behind the wheel. Now, it is being reported that Evans has become so frustrated with BBC executives interfering with the show that he has considered quitting. Sources say that Evans has been “driven to distraction” because BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw’s “micro-management” of the show and reluctance to give him the same free reign that ex-host Jeremy Clarkson had.
Evans also reportedly has had numerous heated run-ins with BBC executives leaving him “drained and disheartened” and feeling that the executives have a lack of faith in his decision making.
It appears that problems began after Evans’ friend Lisa Clark quit after five months as executive producer. No official reason for Clark’s departure has been given, but one source claims that Clark quit because she was fed up at being “micro-managed” and having production decision questions from higher ups.
Things might not all be bad moving forward now, since Shillinglaw unexpectedly left BBC last week. New controller of TV channels Charlotte Moore is now in overall charge of Top Gear and it is reported that Evans has a “good professional relationship” with her. One of Moore’s priorities is to meet with Evans to assure that he will be left alone to make the best possible program.
[Source: Mirror UK]